Ruth Yanai

Ruth D. Yanai
Professor and Director, of Graduate School Program in Environmental Science

210 Marshall Hall
1 Forestry Dr.
Syracuse, New York 13210

Phone: (315) 470-6955/470-4868


Highest Education

Ph.D. Yale University (Forest Ecology), 1990.

Areas of Study

Current Graduate Advisees

Graduate Advisees

Panmei JiangPanmei Jiang

  • Degree Sought: MS
  • Graduate Advisor(s): Yanai
  • Area of Study: EFB Plant Science & Biotechnology

Ehren MolerEhren Moler

  • Degree Sought: PHD
  • Graduate Advisor(s): Yanai
  • Area of Study: FRM Ecology and Ecosystems

Kara PhelpsKara Phelps

  • Degree Sought: MS
  • Graduate Advisor(s): Parry and Yanai
  • Area of Study: Coupled Natural and Human Systems

Yang YangYang Yang

  • Degree Sought: PHD
  • Graduate Advisor(s): Yanai
  • Area of Study: FRM Ecology and Ecosystems
  • Undergraduate Institute: Minzu University of China

Personal Statement
I'm interested in forest-based environmental issues that raised currently. I'm more focused on nutrient cycling in forests and the way to assess the forest health.

Graduate Research Topic
My project is detecting the change in tree tissue chemistry over time in Northern Hardwoods. Research,conducted in Huntington Wildlife Forest,will show a change in concentrations of tree nutrients in different tree components over time and detail the uncertainties of processing long-time detecting studies in tree nutrients..

Courses Taught

Selected Publications

(All publications)

Yanai, R.D., J.J. Battles, A.D. Richardson, E.B. Rastetter, D.M. Wood, and C. Blodgett.2010. Estimating uncertainty in ecosystem budget calculations. Ecosystems 13(2): 239-248. PDF

Yanai, R.D., M.C. Fisk, T.J. Fahey, N.L. Cleavitt, and B.B. Park. 2008. Identifying roots of northern hardwood species: patterns with diameter and depth. Can. J. For. Res. 38(11): 2862-2869

Yanai, R.D., J.D. Blum, S.P. Hamburg, M.A. Arthur, C.A. Nezat, and T.G. Siccama. 2005. New insights into calcium depletion in northeastern forests. J. For. 103:14-20

Yanai, R.D., W.S. Currie, and C.L. Goodale. 2003. Soil carbon dynamics after forest harvest: an ecosystem paradigm reconsidered. Ecosystems 6:197-212

Yanai, R.D., T.G Siccama, M.A. Arthur, C.A. Federer, and A.J. Friedland. 1999. Accumulation and depletion of base cations in forest floors in the northeastern US. Ecology 80:2774-2787

Yanai, R.D. 1994. A steady-state model of nutrient uptake accounting for newly-grown roots. Soil. Sci. Soc. Am. J. 58:1562-1571

Yanai, R.D. 1992. Phosphorus budget of a 70-year old northern hardwood forest. Biogeochemistry 17:1-22


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